A very good friend of mine is moving to another city. She is a godly woman, great mom, great leader and wonderful example of a person committed to Christ. Although I will miss her dearly, I am very happy for her because I trust this move was engineered by God to bless her entire family. Our paths will probably not cross again, so in many ways this is good-bye, or is it?
The Bible teaches that all believers will inherit eternal life (John 3:16). Scripture also teach us that we will recognize each other in heaven. (Luke 16:19-31). So it may be decades before I see her again, this is not good-bye.
I have many close relatives and friends who have gone on to be with the Lord. I’m excited knowing that I will see them again.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Believers Who Have Died
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
What a comfort as we mourn the end of our earthly relationships.
May God richly bless your day.